Clean Car Standards Resource Center
In August 2012, federal agencies in the United States finalized a new set of standards (known as the ”National Program”) to increase fuel efficiency and cut global warming pollution from the transportation sector.
Supported by automakers, unions, national security groups, and environmentalists, the standards set fuel economy and global warming emission targets, based on vehicle size, for new cars and trucks sold in the United States. The standards increase in stringency every year and come in two phases: 2012-2016 and 2017-2025.
Learn more about the history and many benefits of this program through the following fact sheets and resources.
Reports and fact sheets
- Time for a U-Turn: Automakers' History of Intransigence and an Opportunity for Change (2017)
Strong rules make cars safer and cleaner. Automakers have long claimed they can’t meet the rules. But they consistently innovate to meet them, ultimately making cars that benefit drivers.
- Going from Pump to Plug (2017)
EVs are cheaper than gasoline-powered cars to fuel and drive. Policies are essential to ensure that more car buyers can purchase EVs, and access reliable and affordable charging.
- Fuel Efficiency, Consumers and Income (2017)
Fuel efficiency and tailpipe pollution standards save money for all drivers, especially low- to middle-income earners.
- State Benefits of Vehicle Efficiency Standards (2017)
The standards save money for families in every state, drive local growth and put people to work.
- Summary of the Fuel Economy Standards (2016)
What's the context for the standards—and what benefits do they offer consumers?
- Innovation and the Standards (2016)
Automakers have exceeded the standards thanks to technologies that weren’t even anticipated or accounted for when the standards were written.
- The Role of Trucks and SUVs (2016)
The popularity of SUVs doesn’t undermine the standards—it reinforces the need to maintain their strength.
- Gas Prices and the Mid-term Review (2016)
Weakening the standards because of low gas prices would cost drivers both now and in the future.
- The Benefits of Clean Car Standards in the Northeast (2016)
Thanks to strong fuel economy standards, Northeast drivers have cut climate pollution and saved billions—but the standards may be in jeopardy.
- Tomorrow’s Clean Vehicles, Today (2015)
Cars and trucks are already meeting—and beating—future CAFE and global warming emission standards.
- Protecting Consumers from Pain at the Pump (2012)
We can protect ourselves from future oil price spikes by producing clean, fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Translating New Auto Standards into On-Road Fuel Efficiency (2011)
What will a 54.5 mpg clean car standard actually mean to drivers on the road?
- Agreement on Fuel Efficiency & Auto Pollution Standards (MY2017-2025) (2011)
Background on the standards, which will save consumers money, protect public health, cut America’s oil use, and help create jobs.
- The National Program (2011)
An outline of the history and legal foundations of the national program that sets joint fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for automobiles.
- The Costs of Delay (2011)
Congressional riders blocked any improvement in fuel efficiency standards in the 1990s, a delay that cost American consumers nearly $200 billion at the gas pump. Current attacks on the Clean Air Act would levy similar costs on Americans.
- The Road Ahead (2010)
Automakers have the technology to meet standards of at least 60 miles per gallon for new light-duty vehicles in model year 2025.
- Clean Car and Truck Standards (MY 2012–2016) (2010)
Model year 2012-2016 national standards save oil, cut emissions, and save money at the pump.
Enacting strong standards is the single most important step toward implementing the UCS Half the Oil Savings Plan, which would cut America’s projected oil use in half over the next 20 years.